Slow internet.. that narrows it down. There are many topics on this in the Apple Support Forums, but so far, I only found one verified solution:
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I resolved it - changed the DNS servers to
and disabled the ipv6
this will help other people
Power to Burn.
At speeds of up to 733MHz,
The most powerful Mac in history
burns CDs, burns DVDs, and
- apple website, oct 4, 1999. advertisement for the powermac g4
Bingo. I still have lag but I think that is the remote server. Once contact is achieved the pages load way faster.
I am still baffled why it seemed faster at first. Or maybe I was just impressed going from dial-up to DSL.
In any case - thank you. I believe the problem is resolved.